Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 243 - November 24 / December 7, 2013

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544
Phone 304-622-3681
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 243

November 24 / December 7, 2013

St. Catherine, Greatmartyr

Numbers 11:25

And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

Eight people attended Divine Liturgy on November 16, 2013.

Eleven people came for the Akathist on November 20, 2013. Seven people stayed for class.

An Akathist is scheduled for Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 PM followed by class.

A youth retreat is scheduled for St.Sava Camp-Shadeland on December 26-29, 2013.

The Nativity Fast continues until January 7.

Great Vespers are scheduled for December 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM.

Remember the miners that lost their lives in Monongah, W.Va. on December 6, 1907, Remember their families.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Make sure you have an icon of your patron saint/patronal feast in your home.

Thank you to all helping with the luncheon following each Divine Liturgy.

Thank God for the many blessings bestowed upon this Mission.

Important Dates

December 8 - Apodasis of the Entrance
December 13 - Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called
December 15 - St. Urosh, King of Serbia; Ven. Joannicius of Devich
December 17 - Holy Great Martyr Barbara
December 18 - St. Sabbas the Sanctified
December 19 - St. Nicholas the Wonderworker

If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!

Proverbs 11:7 - When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, and the hope of the unjust will perish.

Some individuals choose to be wicked. Some individuals choose deliberately to live contrary to God. Our jails and prisons have certain residents who are consciously evil.

The international community from time to time sees the rise of individuals desiring to perpetrate evil against others. At times, mentally deranged individuals will be possessed by evil thoughts and live out these thoughts.

Not everyone seeks to live in ways pleasing to God. Not everyone adopts views of God that are favorable. Not everyone is kind and forgiving, loving and peace seeking.

Not everyone seeks to do good to his or her neighbor. Not every husband or wife is considerate of his or her spouse. Not every mother and father is caring and nurturing towards their children.

Sometimes adults are particularly evil toward children. From time to time stories will appear about individuals working in healthcare facilities or correctional facilities who have been evil towards individuals in their care.

Ideally, everyone would be God loving and would live in ways pleasing to God. It is not the case and never has been. Believers expect the Lord Jesus Christ to return and judge the living and the dead.

What is Christ going to find upon His return? How many people seriously prepare for the day of judgment? How many people use each day for the precious day it is, a time for preparing for final judgment?

What percentage of each generation will experience eternal life? ' What percentage of each generation seriously lives a Christian life? What percentage of each family seriously lives a Christian life?

Are certain ethnic groups more religious than others? Why is it that some individuals raised in “religious” homes turn from the Church while others become faithful Church members even though they were raised in circumstances that might be characterized as anti-Church?

Reasoned thought is necessary when considering the path to the Kingdom of God. Reasoned thought is necessary when committing the self to the way of God. Reasoned thought is necessary to deal with the obstacles on the path to the Kingdom of God.

The Holy Apostle Paul cautions that Satan turns himself into an angel of light. Therefore, one cannot consider only outward appearances when determining whether individuals are good or evil.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “You will know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16)

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
November 24 / December 7, 2013

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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